Nick Cannon sent a big thank you to everyone for the support, kind words and love sent after he revealed Tuesday that his 5-month-old son, Zen, passed away. Zen, whose mom is Alyssa Scott, died of brain cancer and a subsequent tumor. He was five months old.
On Wednesday’s episode of his eponymous daytime talk show, Nick Cannon, the actor, 41, updated fans on how he’s been feeling since the heartbreaking loss. And also shared his appreciation for everyone’s kind words during a tough time for him and his family. “Of course, everyone knows I’m not fine, but you all are making me feel better” he said.
“Thank you. I need it. I need it,” Cannon said, as he walked out to the stage to applause from his studio audience. “Even in our lowest moments, it’s the other people around you, it’s your family that builds you up, so thank you.” Nick says he feels a bit of guilt because he never wanted to exploit the news, but he is appreciative of the outpour of support … “The onslaught of love is new to me, so thank you is all I can say.”
“People keep asking me how I’m doing I say, ‘I’m vertical, I’m standing and you know that’s a good start,'” Cannon shares. “A lot of people keep asking me like, ‘Man why are you even at work?’ Especially my family members, And I appreciate that, all of that advice and I know it comes from a place of care. But to me, this isn’t work, This is love. And I love you back. This is therapy for me. This is therapeutic.”
Nick says he got to hold Zen for the last time by the ocean last weekend, after he made a trip to California to spend time with his baby. “This weekend I made a valid effort to spend the most quality time I could spend with Zen,” Cannon said while getting choked up. Zen was Nick’s 7th child and 4th of Nick’s kids born in the last year and a half.